Funny feet

I’ve always loved my younger son’s feet. They’re big and wide and strong and kind of funny. He’s 9 and his feet are a 4 1/2 H. At times we’ve struggled to get shoes for him because his feet are so wide. But they’re his feet and I love them. I love them all the more for being funny.

A few weeks ago, on Boxing Day, his feet and legs stopped working This caused me great concern. And the doctor who spent an hour moving his legs and feet around. And my lovely, caring blog readers who all wished him well and hoped things improved soon. I promised to report back.

The day after his legs stopped working, he could walk very short distances, very high up on his tiptoes. We managed to go to the pantomime by parking just opposite the theatre. It was a lovely treat for a boy who had been stuck inside ill all Christmas. The next day he was pretty much back to normal. His normal. Walking on tiptoes most of the time.

We managed to get a referral for physio at the hospital to hopefully get him walking PROPERLY normally. Not just normally for him. My concern was that he was going to do himself some damage or that he would never walk properly. In a way, the illness had done us a favour because it had brought the situation to a head and made us realise we had to do something about it.

This week we went to the physio. As he lay there having his feet flexed this way and that by the physio, I realised that what I loved about those feet was what was wrong with them. They looked kind of funny, because they were funny. They were too flat. They didn’t flex and move like other people’s. Yet they’ve never, not for one minute, held him back.

The physio had him walking up and down – on his toes, on his flats, on his heels. He CAN walk on his heels and that is a really good thing. His toes don’t lift up far when he does, not as far as other people’s, but the fact that he can do it means his problem is habitual and can be solved.

At some point, I think when he was about 4, he started walking on his toes for fun. It became a habit. His muscles tightened and then he found it hard to walk any other way.

Now he has to do two things – break the habit and loosen the muscles. He has exercises to do – four different ones which he needs to do morning and evening. I suspect this will cause problems. I remember how much of a hassle I, as a rational adult, found doing physio exercises. But we all know he’s got to do it. If necessary, bribery may be involved. Hopefully it will only be for a short time.

And he’s all taped up. He’s got a strip of blue tape down each of his legs (they are equally affected) and onto his feet. If he walks on his toes, he will feel this pulling. It will be uncomfortable and he will instinctively walk on his flats. This should stay on for 3-5 days, then will be re-applied next week. Hopefully it will help break the habit.

Very soon, my son’s feet won’t be funny any more. But I will still love them.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Somehow I missed this post, not sure how. So pleased you are finally getting some help for him. My son also has funny feet, they are very flat and when he was little, they always looked a bit twisted. I can understand why you never did anything about it, if they walk fine, then why bother? Now you’re making me wonder if I should?!

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  2. Let’s hope that helps. Thankfully its not me, seeing that picture make my stomach turn, I cannot have anything in between my toes!! I don’t do flip flops (evil) and if anyone tries to bend my toes, one at a time, I will literally die (that’s what I believe anyway). Ewwwwww. I now feel all itchy and icky.

    I guess its the same with thongs (although I can’t say I have ever tried that either!)

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  3. My son also has problems with his feet – prolapsed arches – do get these things sorted ASAP – as it affects so many other things, hips, knees, and back….so much harder to sort out when they are older.

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  4. Glad it seems relatively straight forward to sort out, hope he doesn’t find it uncomfortable for long. X

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  5. Thanks very much, everyone, really appreciate your comments!
    Suzanne – I think I posted that one just as you were going on holiday. I intended to cut down on blogging a bit over Christmas, but I didn’t – the illnesses gave me way too much material! Probably worth getting your son’s feet checked out too?
    Glenn – you are weird. That is all. Flip flops are amazing. Never tried thongs myself, either!
    Thanks, Lesley – I’m encouraging him and he’s doing a few minutes morning and night.
    Rowena – that was my concern – that it could lead to further problems.
    He’s pretty resilient, Sonya! He moans about the blue stuff, but he’s still jumping round! x

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  6. Interesting to read. Erin has metartus adductor on her foot and I am waiting what they are planning to do to her now the hip is fixed. I hope your sons feet are soon all fixed!

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  7. Thanks very much, Emma. Hope Erin’s foot gets sorted soon too. I think the sooner these things get resolved the better. We probably let my boy’s feet go for far too long.

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  8. Thanks for this post. My son also has flat feet and loves to walk and run on his tiptoes. I will keep an eye on him as I might have to get his feet checked out too!

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  9. Definitely worth getting them checked out! Apparently a lot of kids naturally start walking properly – partly the extra weight of their growing bodies forces them down and partly they just grow out of the habit.

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  10. Arr bless i missed this post too. Hope he is ok and everything is good for him very soon. Thanks for stopping by and linking up this weekend 🙂

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  11. He is doing well, thanks, Claire Justine. He went back to the physio this week and they are pleased with his progress. His legs are taped up again and he’s going to keep going with the exercises.

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